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Debonair Dishing With ‘Castle’s’ Richard Castle!

 NATHAN FILLIONAs many fans of “Castle” are aware, the series’ raffish mystery writer, Richard Castle, has managed the unique feat of emerging from TV and coming out with best-selling books in the real world — more than 2.3 million copies in 14 languages, no less.  His fifth book, Deadly Heat, is just now hitting booksellers.  Deadly Heat is once again centered on the brilliant, beautiful NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat (inspired by Castle’s beloved Kate Beckett) and investigative journo Jameson Rook (a stand-in for Castle himself).

You may imagine that, being a fictional character, Castle gets a lot of help from his writers, but of course ABC and everyone involved in the show and the books are mum on that topic. Castle — a dead ringer for oh-so-handsome TV star Nathan Fillion — even does book signings.  The series that bears his name is back for its sixth season Monday (9-23).  Beck/Smith Hollywood caught up with the author for an interview somewhere in that space between reality and fiction.

Beck/Smith Hollywood:  Nikki and Jameson have to thwart both a terror plot AND a serial killer in your new book, is that right?  That’s an awful lot to deal with at once.  Did you have it all plotted out in advance, or do some elements of your novels sort of introduce themselves as you go along?

Richard Castle:  Writing a novel is like taking a great road trip. You always need to have a destination in mind, and be driving toward it. But it’s the little side trips and adventures you take along the way that make it interesting. I knew where I wanted to end, and knew basically how I wanted to get there, but I always leave room for exploration, inspiration, and the happy joyous accidents of discovery.
 BSH:  Will you be traveling and doing book signings to promote the book as in the past?
 RC:  I’d like to, but my secret identity as a crime fighter has been keeping me quite engaged.
 BSH:  Can you imagine yourself marrying again?
 RC:  I can imagine myself with magical powers fighting dragons, so anything’s possible. And you know the old saying… third time’s the charm.
BSH:  How do you feel about the press in general, and how do you deal with it when they want more personal information than you want to give?
RC:  If you think this gets you off the hook for the “marry again” question, you’re sadly mistaken. I actually love the press. They’re like my drunk aunt at Thanksgiving, always asking the offensive questions that everyone wants to know the answer to, but are way too polite to ask.
            How do I deal with it when they want more personal information than I want to give? I usually just make something up. After all, as a professional novelist, that’s what I’m good at.
BSH:  Do you have a bucket list?  What items are still on it?
RC:  I do have a bucket list. “Time travel” and “Going into space” are at the top right now. And I haven’t had a cronut yet.
BSH:  Having taken that journey of having one of your books made into a film in the past, if another of your books was picked up by Hollywood, what would you do differently this time?  Demands you would make?
RC:  Next time, I’d like more control over the script… and the director…and the casting…
BSH:  What TV shows do you like?
RC:  Actually, I don’t watch TV. I read.
            Ha! I so watch TV. Lots of it. Don’t you hate those people at dinner parties who say “I don’t watch TV.”  They’re such liars. You know they’re racing home from that dinner party to watch a “Duck Dynasty” marathon. I like smart, well written stuff. And lots of trash. I mean it’s cool to say you like “Breaking Bad,” which I do, but isn’t it cooler to admit to a three-day “River Monsters” binge? I also like that Nathan Fillion show.
BSH:   If your daughter wanted to become a writer, how would you feel about that?
RC:  I’d love her anyway.
BSH:  Do you read your reviews, and have harsh ones (I seem to recall an especially mean one for Flowers for Your Grave) hurt you?  How do you come back from disappointment?
RC:  I try not to read reviews, but they’re impossible to avoid, especially when my mother insists on reading me the bad ones to “keep me grounded.”
               As far as coming back from disappointment, some people say that disappointment fuels success. I say that disappointment fuels revenge fantasies that fuel success.
BSH:  Jameson Rook has written romance novels under the pen name Victoria St. Clair.  Have you ever written a romance novel, or if not, would you consider one for fun?
RC:  No comment.
BSH:  Getting to know your father — has it made an impact on your life, your outlook?
RC:  I grew up without a father, without even knowing who he was. I think it inadvertently helped me become a novelist because I’d lie awake at night making up stories about him. Having just recently met him, albeit briefly, I can say that he surpassed everything I ever imagined. And though it’s put some demons to rest… I have to admit that it’s awakened others.
BSH:    What’s next for you?
RC:  A nap.


Tom Bergeron Makes ‘Castle’ Play on Jay n’ Coco

Tom Bergeron ABC photo

Tom Bergeron’s working his acting chops on the set of ‘Castle’ this week in an episode that, as he puts it, ‘takes a page out of the whole Conan O’Brien-Jay Leno imbroglio’ — with Tom playing the host of an 11:30 comedy and talk show ‘who believes that the guy with the 12:30 show is gunning for him.’

The back story on how the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ‘America’s Funniest Videos’ host wound up on ‘Castle’ is as much fun as the episode sounds like it will be. Tom reminds that ‘DWTS’ is the lead-in show for ‘Castle,’ and that stars Nathan Filion and Stana Katic have been in the audience of the live dance competition to promote their series. Tom’s become friendly with them. ‘I told Nathan I was a fan of ‘Firefly’ and introduced him to my wife.,’ he tells us.

‘Independent of that, I ran into Jonathan Frakes and Genie Francis at the Starbucks near my house just about two weeks ago, after not having seen them for a couple of years. I told them I’d recommended them to our ‘Dancing With the Stars’ casting people, because with Jonathan’s sci-fi background and Genie’s in soaps, they bring in two different fan bases.

‘Then Jonathan said, ‘I can do you one better. I’ve been directing ‘Castle,’ and I’ve recommended you to the producers for an acting role.”

One call led to another — ABC head honcho Steve McPherson was quick to get on board — and Bergeron wound up center stage in the episode, airing April 12, called ‘The Late Shaft,’ with Fred Willard as his sidekick, and Bill Bellamy as his rival. Not only that, but all this camaraderie and mutual admiration has led to Bergeron serving as host of ‘An Evening With Castle’ with the producers and cast tonight (3/16) at the Paley Center for Media in L.A.. He’ll finish shooting his scenes as late night comic Bobby Mann on Thursday (3/18), then go right into preps for the new ‘DWTS’ season launch Monday (3/22).

MEANWHILE: Bergeron is excited not only by this season’s lineup of dance competitors — including Pamela Anderson, Niecy Nash, 80-year-old former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, pilot Jake Pavelka of ‘The Bachelor,’ Olympic Gold Medal-winning figure skater Evan Lysacek, Erin Andrews of ESPN, Kate Gosselin and Pussycat Dolls leader Nicole Scherzinger. He’s also looking forward to getting in step with his new cohost.

Tom was in on the casting of Brooke Burke to replace departing Samantha Harris. ‘Brooke, based on everything — her experience doing live TV, not only as a host, but her unique experience on the show as someone who has won — was a slam dunk. It will undoubtedly feel different since Samantha and I did eight of the past nine seasons together, but I have no doubt it will be good.’

CAN YOU SAY ‘WORKAHOLIC’?: Five episodes into shooting the third season of ‘In Plain Sight,’ star Mary McCormack says, ‘I could use some sleep. I’m not going to lie.’ The ‘In Plain Sight’ team keeps up an even more hectic pace than stars of broadcast network hour dramas, since the hit USA Network cable series is shot on a more compressed schedule. Add to that she has her five-year-old and two-year-old daughters with her in Albuquerque, where the show headquarters — while her husband, producer-director Michael Morris, toils away in L.A. on his show, ‘Brothers and Sisters’ — and it’s no wonder she’s sleep deprived.

‘I don’t know how we’re doing it,’ she says. ‘We haven’t had a vacation together, ever. Not one. One of us always working. And we’ve been together almost 10 years. Last year for my birthday, we planned a whole thing on the Mexican Riviera. We had our plane tickets. Then the swine flu hit and we couldn’t go. Who knows? Maybe when our girls go to college we’ll sit on a beach and do crosswords.’

Except for the swine flu, McCormack isn’t complaining, however. She’s actually all revved up about the new season, debuting March 31 — with guest stars including Donnie Wahlberg, Tess Harper, Allison Janney, Rita Moreno and Steven Weber. ‘It’s hard to walk that tightrope of doing a half-funny, half-dramatic hybrid. Sometimes we’ve gone too dark. I think it took us a while to figure out. But now we’ve got it. We’re doing it successfully. Our show has really grown up and gotten better and better,’ she says. They also have a new director of photography, ‘and he’s making it look like a feature, He’s lighting it different. The tones and the color are different, more real. It’s the edgiest show on USA. Now the look matches the content.’

ON ANOTHER FRONT: ‘Psych’ costar Corbin Bernsen is busy, busy, busy. He’s wedged a couple of promotional events in-between preps for his ’25 Hill’ labor of love — a movie he wrote and is producing. It’s based on the true story of a friendship between a boy who lost his military man father in Afghanistan, and an old veteran who lost his firefighter son in 9/11, and how the two team up to compete in a soap box derby. He’s wrapping up casting with shooting to get underway before month’s end.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

‘Glee’ Bad Boy Salling Can Sing, Too

Mark Salling  photo: FOX/Matthias Clamer

Mark Salling photo: FOX/Matthias Clamer

Glee” star Mark Salling plays the bad boy jock “Puck” in the frosh Fox hit series – but stay tuned.  He tells us even though his character has been giving members of the Glee club a hard time, he’ll be busting out his singing chops this season too. 

“I eventually will have my opportunity to perform.  My character has aspirations of stardom just like everyone else in the Glee club.  He will get his chance to shine, absolutely,” reveals Salling, who is also a singer/songwriter outside of filming.  “That’s my first love, to be honest, but I’ve been enjoying acting.  This show is a perfect blend of the two so I couldn’t be luckier.” 

One thing he didn’t expect was the amount of time it takes to perfect the song and dance numbers on the show.  “We’ve kind of been in a bubble the last seven or eight months doing the work,” says Salling.  “We’ll have to rehearse sometimes really early in the morning.  We’ll have recording sessions and then memorizing the lines.  It’s definitely a heavier workload than the average TV show,” he adds.  “I feel like we’re really paying our dues, but luckily it’s a lot of fun.” 

He adds, “I didn’t expect it to get so popular so fast.  We appreciate the hardcore fans who have been there even from just one episode.  To tell you the truth, though, I think the episodes just get better and better.” 

shea-fisher-Dont-Chase-MeRIDING HIGH:  Australian country-pop star on the rise Shea Fisher knows how to take the bull by the horns — literally and professionally speaking.  The daughter of eight-time Australian bull riding champ Eddie Fisher and top barrel racer Joanne Fisher, Shea did her own rodeo riding before turning full attention to the singing career that’s already won her four No. 1 hits Down Under.  “I did barrel racing, breakaway racing, junior bull riding for awhile.  I didn’t know girls could do it, and my dad said, ‘Yeah, girls can do it.’  He taught me everything.  I’d have my hair and makeup done before an event and the boys would be like, ‘Who does she think she is?’” recalls Fisher with a laugh.  The answer soon became evident, as she became the first girl to ever make the national finals in professional junior bull riding in Australia when she was 16. 

 But now she’s putting her all into performing.  “I love what I do,” says the down-to-earth 21-year-old beauty. “I get the same adrenaline rush onstage as bull riding.”  And it’s much safer!

 Already noticed hereabouts for her “Don’t Chase Me” song that came out this summer via Nashville-based Stroudavarious Records, she has a second single on the way and will be doing the promo tour number in support of that record this fall.  She’s thrilled to be getting play on country radio and TV, but still hopes to widen her fan demographic.  “I’ve definitely crossed over to mainstream” back home, says Shea, who now divides her time between continents.  “For me, when I’m creating music, I’m not thinking it’s for a certain genre,” she adds.  “I just create what’s natural for me.  Music is about being relevant to people, not about what genre fits.”

 ANOTHER WAY TO LOOK AT IT:  Tamala Jones may have found a home with ABC’s “Castle,” which is currently in its second season, but the actress tells us she doesn’t allow herself to get too comfortable.  “A lot of people get to a certain level and then they get lazy,” says Jones, who plays medical examiner Lanie Parish.  “People ask me when I go to auditions, ‘Why are you here auditioning?  You have so many credits.’  I actually like auditioning.  It keeps your skills sharp and it keeps you humble.” 

 With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Ask Stacy – Nathan Fillion, Married? Other facts

DEAR STACY: Is Nathan Fillion of “Castle” married? How tall is he? Age? I saw him in “Serenity,” “Waitress” and “Firefly.” What else has he done? What a honey. – Lisa G., Pompton Plains, NJ
DEAR LISA: The 38-year-old, 6’ 1 ½” actor, who hails from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is single and closed-mouthed about his romantic life. His long list of credits includes the final season of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” the series “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place,” and daytime’s “One Life to Live.” He starred in the comedy horror flick, “Slither” and had small roles in “Saving Private Ryan” and “Blast from the Past.” He shows his singing ability playing Captain Hammer in Joss Whedon’s musical Internet hit, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” of last year.